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Screenwriting & Animation

Cinematic Arts and Sciences

What is SWAN?

Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) is Morgan's cinematic arts and sciences major and the most technology immersive program in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). Much more than just a film major, SWAN lays the groundwork for evolving artists, filmmakers, and content producers to forge career paths in entertainment, education, science, and business at a time when visual storytelling is the dominant narrative form of the 21st Century.

The SWAN major has three concentrations

Computer Animation, Film + Television Screenwriting, and Integrated Media Writing

  • The Computer Animation concentration requires courses in 2D and 3D animation, motion design, storyboarding, web design, multimedia scripting, and games.
  • The Integrated Media Writing (Screenwriting) and Animation concentration requires courses in drawing and illustration, courses in graphic comics, and more graphics art based practice in computer animation and the media arts.
  • The Film and Television Writing (Screenwriting) concentration requires greater immersion in applied theory and practice in writing and content production for film/TV and multimedia, including documentary and drama.

All concentrations include:

  • Film studies
  • Computer Animation
  • IAR/VR immersive storytelling
  • Visual storytelling and writing
  • Game art and design
  • Screenwriting
  • Graphic comics
  • Entrepreneurship and independent filmmaking
  • Ethical business practices for the industry
  • Fluency in writing and creative expression
  • Production field experience, and post-production workflow and assembly
  • Majors take two computer science courses
  • Producing webisodes, short films and documentaries, as well as informational and corporate videos
  • Introductory animation workshop, and introductory and intermediate editing courses

Alumni Spotlight: Dezimond Fisher

Dezimond Fisher is a Spring 2020 Graduate of Morgan State's SWAN Program. 

Dezimond worked hard during his time at Morgan to advance his screenwriting skills. Currently he is working on many projects and carrying what he learned from the SWAN Program into his career in film.

Alumni Spotlight: Myla McLeod

Myla McLeod is a Spring 2020 Graduate of Morgan State's SWAN Program.

Myla is an avid learner and will be continuing her studies. With the help of the SWAN Program Myla has went on to become an entrepreneur and an artist. She is extremely grateful she has had the opportunity to be a part of the SWAN Fam.